World double hemispheres unknown America 1599 Ruscelli Rosaccio Shirley #110
$ 1,750.00

Orbis Descriptio.

(double hemisphere World map)

Issued Venice, [1561]; 1599 re-issue for Ptolemy's Geographia by Ruscelli & Rosaccio. Printed by heirs of Melchoir Sessa. Fourth Edition, second issue using the re-engraved 1561 plate in 1598-99. Italian text on verso. Stipple sea area.

This scarce late issue used the 1561 plate with the newly added vast Southern continent at the bottom of both spheres. As noted by Shirley, the map is elegantly engraved on copper with typical Italian taste and elegance. A broad land mass links western North America to Asia and is labelled 'incognita" (unknown). A long river flows across most of North America, the region of New England curiously rendered by modern knowledge.

The Nile river in Africa has its source far in the south, in a range of mountains no doubt intended to be Mts. of the Moon. South America has an incorrect prominent southern westward bump.

This engraved plate was not used again after this 1599 printing and this map apparently has no further appearances or printings. As noted by Shirley, this map plate marks the first tiome a double hemisphere world map appeared within an atlas.

In near VG or better condition, some typical faint minor "show-through" scarcely worthy of mention, tiny hole backed with matching old paper near bottom of centerfold in wide blank margin, overall the image is clean, well preserved with a fine patina and visual appeal.

Original fold line as issued.

Sheet measures c. 13" x 9 1/4".

Engraved area measures c. 9 1/4" x 7 1/4".

Shirley, Mapping of the World , 110 & 133 (noting the different states).

Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 4, p. 87.

Shirley, Maps in Atlases in British Library , T.PTOL-10f.

Phillips, Atlases In the Library of Congress , 409.

Sabin, Dictionary Books Relating to America , 66507.

Sabin, America , 66505.